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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  682 ratings  ·  105 reviews
For five hundred years the Gods have united the Three Lands in harmony.
Now that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens.

A town burns and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, seventeen year old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back.

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Thomas Edmund
I began Storm Wielder quite hopeful. The cover art and all aesthetics of the book were great, and the prose was very polished. A few pages in, there were a few clunks, the prose was a bit 'telly' and at times the language was a bit anachronistic. Nonetheless there was a good setup, and I was interested to see where the story would go.

About halfway however the story and my enjoyment took a big hit. I don't want to heap criticism on a work that Hodges clearly put a tonne of effort in but I will p
Scott Spotson
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, well-written story, very dramatic, with its fair share of humour near the end, but the book might as well be titled, "Everyone Hates Eric."

The virtuous characters get almost no reprieve in this book. First it's Eric, then Alistair, then the unlucky-but-determined band keeps growing to a good size, but they're all ruthlessly hated and hunted down, even by all the ordinary townsfolk. Good characters die, in some cases, more than once or twice. It's a very grim storyline indeed. The only love
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yalit
Stormwielder was a nice surprise. I wasn't expecting to like the story as much as I did, but it turned out to be quite a thrilling adventure, albeit it did come across as more middle grade fiction than young adult fiction. Eric is a young man who, having caused the death of his family and having been banished from his village, lives a lonely and guilt-ridden life. He's a magicker who has no control of his abilities and because of his lack of restraint, he causes catastophic disasters everywhere ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
This was a fairly dull YA fantasy. I pulled the plug on this read about a third of the way through when it became apparent that I was not particularly interested in the story or the characters.

The premise was pretty interesting. In a moment of panic 17 year old Eric lost control of his magic, causing a lightning storm that wreaked death and destruction on a village. He finds a mentor in the shape of Alistair, a servant of the goddess, who has been tasking with training Eric so he can properly c
Kevin Potter
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of the collected edition. See my review of the trilogy as a whole at ...more
T.S. O'Neil
Stormwielder starts out with a young man named Eric traveling to a faraway medieval town to make a new start. We soon find out the boy has special powers after three ruffians attempt to Shanghai him. He is able to generate powerful storms, replete with lightening, but the storms are unfocused—harming many more than their intended victims. An innocent family is killed by the lightening, which leaves just their son Gabriel, alive. Gabriel pursues the young man, Eric, who caused the calamity but he ...more
Charlie B.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Its been a long time since I read anything in this genre and seeking something different I plucked this book from the air, well my kindle actually, wiggled my fingers and dived into it yesterday and finished it today. In fact its been so long since I revisited Fantasy that I had to look up the genre.
So what of the book? Well it has everything you'd expect, hero's, magic, villains, demons, gods and lots of fiery action to speed the story along. Its a first book in a forthcoming series, but is a n
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had my doubts from sample

I was not sure about this book after reading the sample. I thought the cost was high for the length $3.99 but put it my wish list because it did grab my attention. Then I caught the book on a price drop and have completed it for a very enjoyable reading experience. It had good story, well written characters and several surprises. Really not sure how it can take this into next book but will be interested in reading. The biggest disappointment was the author afterward sayi
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do believe that Aaron Hodges has really managed with this his very first book to begin an epic fantasy trilogy which i would compare with some of the best sagas i have read including Jordan's wheel of time series! His characters are great,i particularly loved Alastair, Eric though very naive and with no clue about his own strength and how to wield this is lovable and Inken is a very strong character too. we will have to wait for the next reads to get to know how Enala's character is going to t ...more
Marco Peel
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stormy ride.

A boy who accidentally blows things up, an old wizard who can move objects, and a red-haired girl who can kick ass, are sent on a quest by a child-like old earth goddess to find The One.  Add a telepathic wolf, a ninja skeleton, some dragons, a velociraptor, Mount Doom, the dark side of the force, and... a piano?

Stormwielder is a well written, epic fantasy with a rich, if at times oddly familiar, cast. The reader is swept along, into the fray, from beginning to end, in this action-
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For two years Eric has dealt with his curse. Fires are burning in the town. He is being chased, but if he stops it is too dangerous for everyone. An amazing magical book for young adults and adults as well. It's not to be missed ...more
Ruth Miranda
I wanted to like this better. Then I wanted to hate it. Neither really happened, I was just left confused and undermined by this novel. It starts with a bang, and introduces the chance for an antivillain and an antihero - which, let's face it, is just up my alley. But halfway through the book it's like the author suddenly changed his mind, and decided now he wants to do things differently, and focus on other characters because he finds these boring. So new characters are introduced, a very awkwa ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that gets better and better the further you are into the book. The beginning was interesting enough to make me keep on reading it. I wasn't really into the book until I was nearly halfway through the story. It gets way better and more intriguing later on.
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Cody Arko-Omori
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was very well written, with the world building well rounded. There's a bit of history in the tale. I enjoyed how his main character free right before your eyes. He has an uncontrollable power that he thinks is a curse, but it really is a gift from the Gods. The boy at the beginning is living alone in the woods, he needs to go to a town for supplies and he gets grabbed and told he's going to be sold as a slave. This is where the story takes off. He gets scared and his curse is released ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Sword of Light Trilogy and is full of danger, curses, suspense, fantasy and drama. A well written fast paced book that is fun to read. The plot is detailed, but the book is easy to read. If you like to read fantasy, you will enjoy this book. I receive a free copy via an instafreebie promotion and voluntarily chose to review it.
Pippa P.
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“Stormwielder” is the first in a fantasy trilogy that was also the debut novel of Aaron Hodges, a young New Zealand writer with over a dozen titles to his name. While this first book was not the pinnacle of fantasy reading, it was a very readable book with a great plot and interesting ideas.

The story begins with a prologue which introduces us to Alastair, a solitary Magicker alone in the wilds, who has been tasked by the Goddess Antonia to track down the demons which have returned to the world a
Cameron Kobes
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I'm reviewing Stormwielder, the first of the Sword of Light trilogy by Aaron D. Hodges. Based on the information given about the world in which the book is set, the genre could be epic/high fantasy, but since this first book was only concerned with a small number of characters and events, I’m more inclined to simply call it medieval fantasy for now.
As we learn in the first chapters of the book, the protagonist is a young man named Eric who is cursed with a magical connection to the weather. Anyt
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was a little unsure when I first started this, as it is the first book by Aaron Hodges. But I quickly discovered that this is a very engaging and fascinating read. I found myself quickly connecting with the main characters and getting invested in their success (or failure) rather easily. The story itself is not necessarily too original (super-powerful bad guy trying to take over the world...with magic). There isn't a "promised one", but there is one on whom which the rescue of the world depend ...more
Michael Shelton
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Full disclosure. I received this copy free after signing up for the author's news letter.

This is the first fantasy book I have read in about 35 years. I only read one other when I was a teen and was first discovering my love of reading and collecting books. My first foray into fantasy was a total disaster. It was a terrifically horrible story and shall forever go unnamed in public. It completely turned me off to even considering reading another fantasy book. After my husband began badgering me t
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a promising debut novel. The construction and characterization are not seamless, but it held my attention until the end. I have read another of the author's books, set in modern times, and overall I liked this one better.

Where I think the author's writing especially shines is in coming up with plot developments that make sense and move the action forward. The story is fast paced and never gets bogged down. The battle and action scenes are well written and enjoyable but also skimmable if
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of evil vs good is a lot more complicated than just black and white.
Having great powers to wield is both a blessing and a curse as we find out in this story of our Hero Eric a young boy who finds himself causing almost as much harm as good whilst trying to be a better wielder of magic and a better person in a time when good is nearly ready to fail in its fight against evil forever.

As with many narrators although clear i did find him hard to follow for a time and quite droning at times.
Charles Binford
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fast moving tale of magic.....

Having enjoyed another book by this author I took advantage of an offer of a free book as long as I would give an honest review of what I thought after finishing it.

Well, I was not disappointed by reading this book and had a hard time putting it down To get some sleep at night.The tale was a genre I do not ordinarily thrive on but the story moved rather quickly and had some nice characters in it And brought back memories of days when I was much younger that
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric is a tortured young man who believes he is cursed. After being accosted he accidentally destroys a town with a devastating storm he creates. He is ready to give up. Then Alastair finds him. He gets him out of the town and tells him that he is not cursed but has powers he can learn to control.
Gabriel loses everything his family, his betrothed, and his sanity when Eric's storm destroys his town. He gets a group of the towns men to go after Eric and Alastair.
As Eric and Alastaire flee they c
Bob Platypire
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this audiobook to be honestly reviewed*

So, this was pretty good! It was very engaging, the characters were good, and tempo to the story was good, too. I loved the variety of creatures and how everything interacted in this. The narrow escapes and constant running kept me hooked until t was over, and I mean that I was in it enough that a certain bit made me cry.

The narrator was okay. His voice and speed are pleasant, but I wasn't thrilled with his character voices. He had th
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Too much too little. I do not at all enjoy giving bad reviews. Creating a cohesive work with an interesting story and engaging characters is laudable and praises are easily poured out on these. Creating a less than stellar body of work is an equally arduous task, and so I will say I really wanted to like this story and already have the entire series that will not be read. Aside from the language, the morals, the leaps and wholes in the story, the world and laws that govern it are constantly shif ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric thinks he's nothing but a curse in a teenager body. Everywhere he goes he brings death. But is it a curse or so much more? Alastair knows the truth of it all and takes young Eric under his wing. But not everyone is willing to give him a chance. Everyone is hunting him for fear he is a demon.
What a fun story. There were epic battles, monsters and magic. Aaron is a story teller who appreciates the details and paint the pictures he wants you to see. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is int
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My third read/listen from author Aaron Hodges. I bought this book back in October of 2016 and then got the Audible edition in March of 2017 but never got around to reading them, my loss. Now that I'm on an Aaron Hodges binge I read it in a day, it was attention-grabbing and enjoyable as is all Hodge's writings. The first book in the Sword of Light series. I look forward to the next book in the series. Aaron Hodges has moved up on my TBR list and since I own 8 books by him that won't be a problem ...more
Lynn Clark
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is intense! The characters are full of life and experience true emotions, their internal and external battles are extreme. I think I must have a very early copy of the book because when I pushed the icon for the book and held it, it would give no no information. So for me reading this I went in completely blind which is usually a mistake. This time, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has tastes of romance but is definitely from a man’s perspective so there were more battle scenes, etc.
Claire B. Platteuw
A good surprise, actually! I always fear the worst when picking free books but no disappointment here. Sometimes a bit too slow, though, but generally a pleasant reading if you can accept, in a fantasy world with powerful magickers, raptors and dragons, someone playing... the piano! Yes, it's not a joke :-) Oh, and a goddess that can be killed. Or not?
Starting to read "Firestorm", the next book in this YA series.
Sean Patrick
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing Tour de force of a Fantasy Epic, engaging 3D Characters, nicely paced. The story and its interconnecting storylines, will definitely make you want to keep reading. This is a book that you won't want to put down until you have finished it. This story also blurs the line between good and evil with some of its characters. There are enough twists and turns to make you pay close attention. There is magic, mayhem, and yes Dragons. All in all a rollicking good read. ...more
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Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he now spends his time traveling the world in search of his next adventure.

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